Saxophones

Sweet five-part saxomaphone harmonies! Listen to those lush Big Band chords!

Amanda Angus (neé Rohl): Alto Sax and Vocals

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Amanda loves music! She performs with various musical groups all over the Lower Mainland including the Vancouver Traveling Band, Maple Ridge concert band, James Productions Christmas Pops, and of course the best Big Band in town – the Bruce James Orchestra! Amanda also sings with Top Line Vocal Collective and is a cast member for Theatre In the Country. Amanda is from a musical family; both her parents Dan and Judy play saxes and her husband is also a musician 🙂

Bryan Vance: Alto Sax, Clarinet

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Bryan began his musical career in Vancouver while earning his Bachelor of Music degree at UBC. Upon graduation in 2001, Bryan began a three-year term as a musician and bandleader with Carnival Cruise Lines. In Spring 2004 he made a move to Calgary to continue his studies in saxophone and woodwinds, beginning his Master of Music degree at the University of Calgary. Bryan completed this degree in the spring of 2006 and started a two year stint as the saxophone teacher at the University of Lethbridge. During this time he continued to perform with many fine musicians and ensembles including the Prime Time Big Band and The Real Deal. He has performed in over a dozen music theatre productions on instruments ranging from piccolo to bass clarinet and has shared the stage with musicians such as The Temptations, Allen Vizzutti, Bob Mintzer, Hugh Fraser, Ian MacDougall and Doc Serverinsen.

Dave McLean: Tenor Sax

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Dave’s passion for music began at the early age of ten when he started playing clarinet in the North Vancouver School’s Concert Band under Arthur Smith. By age fourteen Dave was playing alto sax, performing throughout the lower mainland with a 13 piece dance band called The Ambassadors. At age 19 Dave went to Europe. There he caught the travel bug which would see him start at Canadian Pacific Airlines (later to become Canadian Airlines International) when he finished school. Although the love of music didn’t leave him, a commitment to an orchestra was not possible during his years with the airline. After 32 years Dave retired – albeit for a weekend – to start working in the helicopter business. Dave immediately bought a tenor sax and began practicing for hours and hours – at first with play-along CDs, but then with the Port Moody Concert Band (in 1998) and the Inlet Big Band, a local jazz band that plays numerous gigs in the Tri-City area. For Dave, it was actually 34 years between performances. While with the Inlet Big Band, Dave played as a ‘sub’ a number of times with the Bruce James Orchestra, and in February of 2001 Bruce called to ask Dave about playing full-time with his Big Band. It took Dave less than a second to say yes. Dave’s love of music has always been supported by his wife, Joan and their two wonderful sons, Paul and Michael.

Sergei Silin: Tenor Sax

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Sergei began his music career and education in Estonia where he majored in classical saxophone under the guidance of Alexander Rjabov, a renowned Estonian musician. After moving to Canada, he continued my music studies at Capilano University where he completed the Jazz Music Program in 2007. Sergei was fortunate to study with Stan Karp, who is very well-known saxophone teacher in Greater Vancouver. Sergei freelances around town, and teaches at a number of music schools. He also teaches out of his own studio and accepts private students of all ages and abilities on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Weblink: http://www.siliny.com/

Chris Goetz: Baritone Sax

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Chris started on the saxophone in the Coquitlam school music program – first on Alto, but then switching to a horn with less competition. Upon graduation Chris toured Europe playing with Canadian Youth on Tour (under the leadership of the late, great Keith Mann) where he was voted ‘band member who most resembles his horn’. That fall Chris joined the New Westminster and District Concert Band where he would play in the senior band for the next ten years, honing such skills as sight reading, playing in an ensemble, and tuning in a school gym.

Chris works his day job as a lab instructor for BCIT teaching Instrumentation, which he found out (too late) has nothing to do with music. Chris is an original member of the Bruce James Orchestra and his favorite experience with the band was fulfilling a musical dream by buzzing in at the Commodore and simply stating – “I’m with the band”. # BigBandMusicianAspirations 🙂

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